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Mike Devlin enters his third season with the Houston Texans in 2017, serving as the team’s offensive line coach. Devlin is in his 16th season as an NFL coach after a seven-year playing career.

Mike Devlin enters his third season with the Houston Texans in 2017, serving as the team’s offensive line coach. Devlin is in his 16th season as an NFL coach after a seven-year playing career.

Last season, the Texans featured the eighth-best ground attack in the NFL despite employing six different starting combinations along the offensive line. In RB Lamar Miller's first season with Houston, he became just the fourth player in franchise history to top 1,000 rushing yards as the Texans won their second consecutive AFC South crown and posted a third straight winning season for the first time in team history.

Devlin was key in the development of C Greg Mancz, a former undrafted free agent who started all 16 games at center and allowed a team-low 0.5 sack. T Duane Brown earned the Texans' Ed Block Courage Award after returning from injury to play the final 12 games and yielding a career-low 1.0 sack at left tackle.

In 2015, the Texans started nine different offensive line combinations throughout the season and allowed 36 sacks, which was the sixth-lowest total in the AFC. From Weeks 2-6, Houston allowed only one sack in each of the five games, which was the second-longest streak of games with one-or-fewer sacks allowed in team history. The line blocked for four different starting quarterbacks, led by Brian Hoyer, who posted career highs in passing touchdowns (19), passer rating (91.4) and completion percentage (60.7). The offensive line also paved the way for RB Alfred Blue to set a career high with three 100-yard rushing games.

Devlin came to Houston from the New York Jets, where he spent nine seasons (2006-14) coaching the offensive line and tight ends.

The Jets offensive line had a strong showing during the 2014 season, paving the way for a rushing attack that ranked first in the AFC and third in the NFL, averaging 142.5 yards per game on the ground. A key contributor to the line’s success was veteran C Nick Mangold, who was selected to his sixth Pro Bowl.

Devlin’s offensive line integrated two new starters in the 2013 season. Despite the changes, the Jets finished the season sixth in the league in rushing, gaining 134.9 yards per game on the ground including four 100-yard rushing efforts. Mangold earned his fifth Pro Bowl selection while LT D’Brickashaw Ferguson became the first Jets player to begin his career with 125 consecutive starts.

In 2012, his final season as tight ends coach, Devlin helped TE Jeff Cumberland bounce back from a season-ending Achilles injury the previous year to achieve then-career highs with 29 receptions, 359 yards receiving and three touchdowns. 

Under Devlin’s direction, TE Dustin Keller led the team in receptions for two consecutive seasons, catching 65 passes in 2011 and 55 passes in 2010.

Devlin joined the Jets after two seasons as the offensive line coach at the University of Toledo (2004-05). In 2005, his line paved the way for the 11th-ranked offense in the country (459.2 yards/game) as T Nick Kaczur developed into a third-round draft pick (2005) of the New England Patriots.

Devlin began his coaching career as the offensive quality control coach with the Arizona Cardinals in 2000 before being promoted to assistant offensive line coach in 2001.

Selected in the fifth round of the 1993 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills, Devlin went on to play in 101 regular season games over seven years in the NFL, from 1993-95 with the Bills and from 1996-99 with the Cardinals. He appeared in Super Bowl XXVIII with Buffalo.

Devlin earned All-America honors at the University of Iowa and was a semifinalist for the Outland Trophy as the nation’s top interior lineman in 1992. He was named Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year in that same year, in addition to being tabbed Big Ten MVP by the Chicago Tribune.

Devlin and his wife, Julie, have started multiple charities, including The Devlin Football Camp, The John S. Devlin Golf Tournament and Devlin’s Helping Hands. The Devlin Football Camp provides kids with an opportunity to work with NFL coaches and players at a low cost while raising money and giving assistance to local youth programs, high school programs and various charitable organizations. The Devlin Golf Tournament and silent auction raises money for the Coach John S. Devlin Jr. Bloomsburg Football Scholarship Fund, which is named after Devlin’s father and given to an underprivileged high school player every year.

The Devlins have four children: sons Zachary and Matthew and daughters Hallie and Carlie.

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